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review 2017-12-09 04:49
The Daughter of Time (Alan Grant #5)
The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey

A Scotland Yard detective is recovering in hospital with a broken leg and needs his mind distracted, what eventually gets him moving is the quandary on why the portrait of the reprehensible Richard III looked so different from the constructed popular history.  In her 1950 Alan Grant mystery, The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey has her veteran detective investigate the mystery of the Princes of the Tower and if Richard instigated their deaths.


In a brief summary of the plot, a recovering and bedbound Alan Grant is battling boredom when his friend Marta Holland suggests he research a historical mystery.  Knowing his love of reading faces, she sends him portraits of various individuals and he becomes intrigued with one of Richard III.  Through the help of friends, acquaintances, and young American researcher Brent Carradine, Alan gathers information and tests out theories.  After weeks of work and logical thinking, Alan comes to the conclusion that Richard did not murder his nephews and his bad reputation the result of Tudor propaganda.


Coming in at a brisk 206 pages, Tey’s novel is a quick paced mystery that doesn’t get bogged down in details that many non-history geared readers might feel intimidated with.  However, for those seasoned history readers there are some problems with the book that come to the fore.  Tey’s arguments in support of Richard and her theory (though Alan) that Henry VII murdered the Princes are not rock solid especially as pointed out by other authors like Alison Weir though in other areas Tey bests Weir even with a 40+ year difference between their publications and new primary sources that Tey didn’t have.  There are other little mistakes, like calling the Buckingham conspiracy the Dorset-Morton plot, or completely ignoring the before mentioned Buckingham has a plausible suspect (though Paul Murray Kendall would do that a few years later).


Overall The Daughter of Time is a quick, enjoyable read that will either make you think about things more critically or simply think of it as a nice plot device.

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review 2017-12-09 00:00
Same Time, Next Christmas
Same Time, Next Christmas - Victoria Alexander The best of regency lies at the hands of Victoria Alexander. From her quirky characters to her enchanting tales, she knows what it means to captivate readers. From humor to heart, Same Time, Next Christmas piles on the charm. From beginning to end, the most endearing of moments is the ones that surprise us all. Fletcher and Portia bring sentiment to life and take romance to heart in this flighty and flirty tale.
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text 2017-12-08 09:49
This morning...

I woke up to this on my day off. It's still snowing.



So, you can all imagine what my plans are for today. :D


Happy Friday!

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review 2017-12-07 04:24
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

First, an explanation. It has been, according to my calculations, three-and-a-half years ("time, and twice time, and half a time"...) since I've posted last. I have to say it's easier going through life without having to write about the books I read, but I also find that I miss something tangible that I get from writing after I've finished a book. It's a little chunk of memory to hold on to, even if it's only a few words. So, I'm trying to get back into it. Hopefully it won't consume too much of my time.


..So.. A Wrinkle in Time... I read this many years ago, and I vaguely think I got into a sequel or two, but I don't remember much about the sequels.


This time, I had a dickens of a time starting the book. I've been playing Pokemon on the 3DS (pokemon X, for the record... I'm a bit behind), and I've been so absorbed in that story that it's hard for me to pick up a book. In my rather twisted view of the world, that's okay. To me, a good video game is equivalent to a good book. Both stretch the imagination in different ways, and a well-rounded person should do both, but not get so lost in either that they forget to live.


So, finally I started moving on this book. I forgot how familiar the setting was, and how quickly I could make it through the material.


My impression this time is that the main characters (Meg and her family) were a bit snobbish. A bit of the "we're so smart, nobody else who is less smart matters" type of attitude. Not to Ayn Rand levels, but just a little bit.


Other than that, the story was a pleasant adventure. I was gripped, and the vivid imagery of the suburban planet, the CENTRAL central intelligence building, the Beasts, etcetera was all familiar and good. I saw a trailer for the new movie and I'm excited. I don't know how this will adapt to the big screen, but I have high hopes.

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review 2017-12-02 14:07
About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution
About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution (Penguin Science) - Paul Davies

by Paul Davies




Paul Davis is one of those names that people who read about time travel theory get to know well. The description says:


"This is a book about the meaning of time, what it is, when it has started, how it flows and where to. It examines the consequences of Einstein's theory of relativity and offers startling suggestions about what recent research may reveal."


This about sums it up. Davies takes us through a rabbit hole of fascinating theory and current knowledge of related Physics that is easy to follow, if mind-bending in its content.


He extrapolates on relativity and explores concepts of worm holes and time warps, sharing some of his own experiences of visiting research sites discussing various theories about time travel.


If this is a subject you're interested in, this is one of the books you really need to read. Davies keeps it accessible for the non-Physicist and holds interest on what is a very academic subject.

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